What I did before this error:
I was trying to install mysql for registration in OpenMRS database and it was succesfully, but i forgot my password. And removed mysql packages, i was getting some errors while this process. Then I tried to install packages and got errors, e.g. "missing dependies", "broken package". I tried to search Google, but nothing helped. So, I can't to remove 'em.

I can't purge mysql packages, because when I run:

sudo apt-get remove --purge mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common

I get weird confirmation-output(screen below), it wants to remove plasma-packages, korganizer, etc. So, I can't reinstall MySQL (i forgot password). I'm afraid to confirm this operation, why do it need this packages to delete?

My Screen: http://i.stack.imgur.com/FP7Hj.png

  • You have physical access to the server? If yes recover the password is quite simple. For the image, it seems that you have not added the -- of command --purge Dec 18, 2014 at 15:14
  • Renato Tavares, i tried to use both variants(with/without "--") - the same result. Sorry for dumb question I'm a newbie in this stuff: which server? I've updated description for more info!
    – pushandpop
    Dec 18, 2014 at 15:19
  • Don't remove mysql-client. Only mysql-server. Dec 18, 2014 at 15:26
  • @davidbaumann, with "--": the same stuff, wants to delete kde, plasma and others packages. without "--": error: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package purge
    – pushandpop
    Dec 18, 2014 at 15:29
  • ?? Just run sudo apt-get remove --purge mysql-server Dec 18, 2014 at 15:30

1 Answer 1


I've decided to remove all packages that apt was suggesting me, including (muon-updater, qt-propeties and others as you can see on screenshot). I was afraid to do that, because it's very important packages, but all works just fine ;) But not every purge/remove command would suggest you to delete a huge amount of packages.

I used this one:

sudo apt-get remove --purge mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common

After uninstallation packages, I was able to install mysql-server without any errors.

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